Shohin Considerations

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 | No Comments
Shohin Considerations

Shohin trees are those that are in the range about 3″ tall to about 8″ tall. While there are multiple size classification systems, the Nippon Bonsai Association recognizes that Shohin are trees up to 20 cm, which converts to about 8″ for us Americans. It is also commonly accepted that the tree not be too […]

Mendocino Pygmy Cypress

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 | No Comments
Mendocino Pygmy Cypress

I bought this Mendocino pygmy cypress from Bob Shimon of Mendocino Coast Bonsai. The tree is collected from private land; the age would only be an estimate since they grow very slowly in the harsh soil conditions that cause the pymgy to be added to the name. Outside that soil they are remarkably fast growers, […]

An Appreciation for Monterey Cypress

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 | One Comment
An Appreciation for Monterey Cypress

Ever since I developed an interest in bonsai I’ve always had a predisposition toward native trees, or perhaps more precisely trees that grow naturally around me. Having grown up in a rural area of Northern California I was surrounded by beautiful Oaks, Redwoods, Bay and Cypress. The problem I immediately ran into when starting out […]

Stones from the River

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 | One Comment
Stones from the River

I recently went for a weekend excursion to the southern reaches of the state of Jefferson. (never hear of it?!?) On the recommendation of a friend I was there looking into the river stones, amid having some fun hiking and playing in the water. Camping is a great time for me and mixing it with […]

Rocks for Bonsai

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 | No Comments
Rocks for Bonsai

When I started a batch of Japanese Black Pine seedlings in March of 2006 I had only some inclination of what I wanted to do with them. When the trees were two years old the critical period of determining the eventual style of the tree came. During this time period in a young pine’s life […]

Exposed Root pine #1

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 | One Comment
Exposed Root pine #1

In February of 2006 I started a hundred  Japanese Black Pine seeds on their way to being bonsai. I had previously started a batch of Knobcone pines the prior spring but they all ended up dead of pine pitch canker within the first year, apparently all the pines in my neighborhood are infected and the site […]

Designing Yamadori-Style Junipers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 | 3 Comments
Designing Yamadori-Style Junipers

While many amazing examples of juniper bonsai are created from trees collected from the wild, smaller trees of exceptional quality can be created by careful crafting of juniper cuttings over as little as 5-10 years. When thinking about creating a juniper bonsai we must consider the interesting characteristics of the species. Desirable juniper characteristics in […]

Yamadori Junipers – Inspiration for Bonsai

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 | 6 Comments
Yamadori Junipers – Inspiration for Bonsai

Even if you’ve had the chance to visit the mountains and experience the presence of a large yamadori juniper you may appreciate some thoughts and considerations on how a juniper grows and what makes them such great subjects for bonsai. A yamadori tree is a wild tree growing in the mountains and sculpted by nature. […]